MCG News 09/12/18

Martinborough Golf Report

Reporter: Ailsa Malneek

With less than two weeks until Christmas is upon us, and despite having to mow the lawns at home twice a week it’s good news for our greenkeeper Tim who has had the most wonderful conditions to manicure our course!  It’s looking great out there and many of us are looking forward to getting in some play during the Christmas break.

The Grumpies results last week: John Thomson on 42 from Malcolm Bridge on 41 with Rob McCreery on 39, the same evening they had their Christmas closing dinner.During the past 6 months, the best par round was by Guy Walmsley and Kris Chamberlain, the worst par round was not named but the score was -9. the best stableford was  Guy Walmsley. The winner of the order of merit was (oh no not again), Guy Walmsley with Doug Fergusson very close behind. As far as (ladies tees) jugs go, some of the Grumpies instead of buying a jug are buying a pint. 28 were recorded, and 6 of those were on 1 day, whereas the norm is around 50/70…. Terry Blacktop does a fabulous job wrangling the Grumpies; and was recognised for all his hard work he has done for the club over the (last thirty something) years by being awarded life membership at the recent AGM.  Ray Lind was also awarded life membership for his lifetime dedication to the club, congratulations gentlemen – both very well deserved!

Thursday club hosted ‘Smiddy’s Day’ last week and despite a weather bomb going off halfway through a decent number attended.  Dayle Scrimshaw won the trophy (his wife Marie won it last year!) with 43, 2ndChris Ranish 42, 3rdSheldon McNamara 40, 4thEd Elworthy 38. Twos: Whitney Griffiths, Ro Griffiths, Doug Clark, Stu Taplin, Sandra Petersen, Liam Annis, Chris Ranish, John Warner, Sheldon McNamara, Ed Elworthy & Craig Andrews.  Longest drives: Sandra Petersen, Rob Lopez & Dayle Scrimshaw. Nearest the pins: Doug Clark, Malcolm Bridge, Chris Ranish & John Warner.

The ‘Master-borough’ challenge was held on Saturday; Men’s 0-18: 1stGuy Walmsley 42, 2ndBrian Russo & Jeff Ogg 41, 4thRodney Orr 40. Men’s 18+ 1stJohn Taylor 43, 2ndBrett Gould 41, 3rdBill Jones, Gumboot Petersen and Dayle 40. Ladies 1stHonor Clark and Raewyn Sutton 37, 3rdFiona Webby and Cathy Taylor.  Longest drives: Kerry Mountcastle, Pip Smith and Dayle S. Nearest the pins: Fiona Webby, Karen Shaw, Andy Pottinger & Dean Gray.  Martinborough snuck past Masterton on the challenge….33.33 average compared with 33.74!! Thanks to sponsors Jennian Homes and the usual suspects for making it a successful event!

That almost wraps it up for this year, just a few friendly days left, enjoy the festive season – good golfing everyone!!